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Under-19 World Cup: Four India players, including skipper Yash Dhull, test positive for Covid-19

Players missed the Group B game against Ireland; in isolation and await result of RT-PCR tests.

Written by Devendra Pandey |
Updated: January 20, 2022 3:42:18 pm
Siddharth Yadav and wicket-keeper batsman Aardhya Yadav are the other two players who were found to be positive in rapid antigen tests on the morning of the team’s second league game against Ireland. (Twitter/BCCI)

Four India Under-19 players at the ongoing World Cup, including captain Yash Dhull and vice-captain Shaik Rasheed, were unavailable for selection for the Group B game against Ireland in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago, after testing positive for Covid-19 following results of rapid antigen tests.

Siddharth Yadav and wicket-keeper batsman Aardhya Yadav are the other two players who were found to be positive in rapid antigen tests on the morning of the team’s second league game against Ireland. In addition to the positive cases one player was down with viral fever and two others were in isolation as they were deemed close contacts.

The Indian Express understands that the BCCI is awaiting the RT-PCR test results of the four players which is expected by Wednesday evening.

“We don’t know whether it’s a false positive. So we have taken precaution and decided not to field these players until the result of the RT-PCR tests. Rapid antigen tests can sometimes be inaccurate, so we wanted to do fresh testing of players,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.

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Yadav was the first player to test positive. Once he tested positive four days ago, Anneshwar Gautam, who was his close contact, was also put in isolation. Vasu Vats was also told to isolate as he was a close contact of the four players who tested positive.

Another player Manav Parakh has viral fever.

“Siddharth Yadav had tested positive four days ago, so the Indian team management had decided to isolate him and Anneshwar Gautam, who was his close contact. Vasu Vats has no symptoms but he was seen as a close contact of Dhull, Rasheed, so that is why he is not in the team today,” a BCCI official added.

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